Mesdames on the Move: July/August 2020

GREETINGS READERS!

July-August Kittens with computer and books

Summer is here and it’s a scorcher. All the more reason to curl up with a great book, a cool drink and take it easy in the shade. And that’s exactly what the Mesdames will be doing for July and August!

Lots of hot news to go with our hot weather but our hottest item is the new anthology, A Grave Diagnosis, to be released this fall by Carrick Publishing. Many of us have stories in this collection where dastardly disease mingles with crime. Stand by for the cover reveal and launch details via news flash.

Never mind that author conferences, book launches and readings can’t happen in the physical world for now. We authors are an innovative and irrepressible bunch so we’ve literally zoomed into cyberspace. We look forward to sharing our virtual experiences with you – and inviting you to them – over the next few weeks.

Stay safe and keep reading!

The Mesdames and Monsieurs of Mayhem

OUR BIG NEWS

Carrick Publishing Seeks Story SubmissionsThe author line-up for Carrick Publishing’s new crime fiction anthology, A Grave Diagnosis, was announced and 18 stories by our Mesdames and Monsieurs made the cut. Illness and/or a medical condition are the pivotal element of the 35 tales in the collection. Publisher Donna Carrick says that the stories, penned by both established and new authors, are the best she’s seen in recent times – and she’s not easily impressed!

Stay tuned for the cover reveal later this summer or early fall. Publication is planned for October 2020.

Congratulations to:

Catherine Astolfo: “The Backpack”
Rosemary Aubert: “Mercy”
Jayne Barnard: “Christmas Rose”
Jane Petersen Burfield: “Unmasked”
M.H. (Madeleine) Callway: “The Eternal Bakery of the Fractal Mind”
Melodie Campbell: “Two Crooks Walk into a Store”
Donna Carrick: “A Grave Diagnosis”
Lisa de Nikolits: “Love Thy Neighbour”
Therese Greenwood: “Boom Town Shakedown”
Blair Keetch: “Sleep, Perchance to Die”
Sylvia Maultash Warsh: “Days Without Name”
Rosemary McCracken: “Hooked”
Lynne Murphy: “Woman Aglow”
Ed Piwowarczyk: “Danny and Me”
Rosalind Place: “Criminals Like Us”
Madona Skaff: “Cross Match”
Caro Soles: “Waiting in the Wings”
Kevin Thornton (TBA)

CONGRATULATIONS!

Therese Greenwood

What You Take With You

Therese Greenwood’s memoir, What You Take With You: Wildfire, Family and the Road Home, about her personal experiences during the devastating wildfire in Fort McMurray, is a finalist for the Book Publishers Association of Alberta Award: Non-fiction Biography and Memoir.

Jayne BarnardJayne Barnard’s story, “A Midsummer Night’s Scream” will be in Crime Wave, the new Sisters in Crime Canada West anthology to be released in Fall, 2020

 

 

 

 

 

Lisa de Nikolits

The Occult Persuasion

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lisa De Nikolits’ latest novel, The Occult Persuasion and the Anarchist’s Solution, is long-listed for the 2020 Sunburst Award, which recognizes excellence in Canadian fantasy and speculative fiction writing. The Short List will be announced later this month. Fingers crossed!

Cat Mills

Mesdames of Mayhem CBC-Gem

 

Cat Mills had two documentaries short-listed in the Yorkton Film Festival. Established in 1947, it is North American’s longest running film festival. The festival is held annually in Yorkton, Saskatchewan. Cat’s films were Biker Bob’s Posthumous Adventure and of course, our very own wonderful documentary, The Mesdames of Mayhem.

Learn more about Yorkton festival’s history.

Madona Skaff

Death by Association

 

 

 

 

 

 

Madona Skaff was our leader in doing virtual conferences. Her publisher, Renaissance Press, organized a virtual conference with their authors. Madona took part in several panel discussions and sold her new novel, Death by Association, in the virtual bookstore.

Rosemary AubertThe Light in Trieste

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Rosemary Aubert has received positive reviews for her new novel, A Light in Trieste. Now available on Amazon.

Kevin ThorntonKevin Thornton‘s first YA short story has been accepted for a collection Belanger Books is bringing out later this year. He’s quite chuffed with being able to expand his horizons and write for a different audience. All the Mesdames and Monsieurs are quite chuffed to see Kevin breaking into a new market too.

Melodie CampbellPrepare for a session of uninterrupted reading. Melodie Campbell’s Goddaughter series will soon be released as a collection. We’ll announce the details as soon as the publisher makes them available.

ANNOUNCEMENTS

Dead to Writes, the Video PodcastSeason 4 of Dead to Writes, Donna Carrick’s Zoom interviews with crime fiction authors, has just started. Be sure to listen and catch best-selling thriller writers such as Rick Mofina and Maureen Jennings and, of course, The Mesdames and Monsieurs of Mayhem.

Season 4

Dead to Writes episodes coming up:

June 28   Rick Mofina interview

July 5      Maureen Jennings interview

July 12    Barbara Fradkin

July 19    Catherine Astolfo

July 26    Nate Hendley

Aug. 2    Cathy Ace

Aug. 9    Jane Petersen Burfield

Donna Carrick has expanded her podcast with Story Stocking, where she reads an excerpt from favorite short stories. This is a fabulous opportunity for readers to listen to stories from our latest anthology, In the Key of 13, in audiobook. https://deadtowrites.ca/story-stocking/

Story Stocking readings:

July 1    “Under the Lamplight”, Kevin P. Thornton

July 8    “Soul Behind the Face”, Madona Skaff

July 15  “Winona and the CHUM Chart”, Catherine Dunphy

July 22  “Brainworm”, Part I, M.H. Callway

July 29. “Brainworm”, Part II, M.H. Callway

The Ride to Conquer Cancer

Madeleine Harris-CallwayFor the first time, since it began in 2008, The Ride to Conquer Cancer is going virtual. M. H. Callway will be doing the Virtual Ride on August 29th to support cancer research at Princess Margaret Hospital.

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NEWS FLASH! Big Congrats and Terrific Books!

Greetings Readers!

June is turning out to be a terrific month of recognition for the Mesdames. Here’s the great news since our June newsletter.

Lisa de Nikolits

Lisa De Nikolits

The Occult PersuasionLisa De Nikolits‘ latest novel, The Occult Persuasion and the Anarchist’s Solution, has been long-listed for the Sunburst Award, which celebrates exceptional writing in Canadian speculative fiction.

The Sunburst shortlist will be announced in July and the winners in September. The prize for Best Novel includes a $1,000 award.

 

Madona Skaff

Madona Skaff

Madona Skaff launched her new book, Death by Association and was our pioneer for virtual launches and conferences!

Her publisher, Renaissance Press, held the conference June 5 to 7th, which features panel discussions and author readings. Madona’s panels included Authors in Quarantine, Building a Mystery and The Apocalypse Wasn’t What We Expected!

Death by Association is now available on Amazon.ca.

 

Rosemary McCracken

Rosemary McCracken

Mystery Most Edible AnthologyRosemary McCracken‘s story, “Dining Out”, is one of 36 murderous tales with a culinary bent in the Malice Domestic anthology, Mystery Most Edible.

Great news in that the Anthony Awards now include  a new category for Best Anthology and Mystery Most Edible is short-listed.

Check out the full details on Rosemary’s blog, Moving Target.

Caro Soles

Caro Soles

Marlo's DanceCaro Soles‘ new book, Marlo’s Dance, is getting terrific reviews.

For the video and the scoop, check out Caro’s blogpost about Marlo’s Dance.

Now available on Amazon.ca.

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Spotlight on Bad Girl Blog

Spotlight on Bad Girl Blog

Bad Girl Blog

Melodie CampbellThe Mesdames of Mayhem: How long has your blog been running?

Melodie: Ten years this month! Wow.

The Mesdames: Why did you start blogging?

Melodie: My first novel publisher was a big fan of social media, and put me on the right track. “Get out there,” she said. But it goes back farther than that.

I had a humour column in a newspaper and trade mag in the ’90s, and came out of it with at least 200 comedy publications. Starting a blog was a perfect place to republish those columns, and I did so for many years. Some of my following from the old comedy days (I wrote standup and did some performing) found me on Blogspot and passed the word around.

The Mesdames: What are the subjects you love to blog about?

Melodie: My books are comedies, so it makes sense that my blog would be humorous posts. My old newspaper columns were mainly general comedy, very much like Erma Bombeck and Dave Barry. These days, I write a lot of funny pieces on the writing life.

The Mesdames: How often do you post and why?

Melodie: Until last year, I posted once a week. Yes, once a week for 9 years! That’s a lot of posts. In late 2018, my husband was diagnosed with terminal cancer, and I had to step back my weekly posting to monthly. It was a tough year after his death; I cannot tell you how long it took for me to find my voice again. But Bad Girl is back to writing comedy, and I will be posting some of my old stuff on there starting this month.

The Mesdames: What were your most satisfying posts?

Melodie: No question, my zanier posts get the biggest response. I love when readers appreciate my somewhat loopy sense of humour.

The Mesdames: Please share some stats with us. 

I’m nearing 200,000 hits. These days, I get about 1,000 per post. Readers are from all over the world: North America, Great Britain, Germany, Italy, France, Estonia, Russia, The Emirates, China, India… I have an international following because I started the Bad Girl blog when my first book, Rowena Through the Wall came out. That fantasy series did very well in Germany, and I picked up followers there.

The Mesdames: What feedback have you had from your blog readership?

Mainly, keep the comedy coming! But one thing I’d like to mention: I’m among the number of early bloggers who are unclear as to exactly how important our blogs are for our book sales. The theory is that people who read our blogs also buy our books. Or…people find their way to our books through the blog. Indeed, I know a lot of Bad Girl Blog readers also enjoy my Goddaughter comedy capers.

What we DON’T know is how sensitive blogging is to sales. For instance, blogging is a lot of work, we all admit. If I were to stop, would my book sales go down? I have no idea, and neither do my other early blogger friends, like Anne R. Allen. So, we’re kind of afraid to stop.

The Mesdames: What blog post over the years has had the most reads?

Melodie: Probably: I AM NOT A SEXY PORN GIRL (and other Twitter Mishaps)

Plus: NEVER MARRY A CRIME WRITER

Also can’t forget: Books I will Never Write: DINO PORN

Loopy, as I mentioned. I’ll be repeating those ones on the blog in June.

The Mesdames: What advice would you give authors starting a blog for the first time?

Melodie: I think you have to have an angle. You have to offer something that isn’t currently out there. My angle was comedy, and that fit with my books just fine. So the people who came to my blog were the sort who would appreciate the wacky humour in my Rowena and Goddaughter books.

The Mesdames: How long does it take you on average to craft a blog posting?

For me, I’m writing a column, just like I would for a newspaper. I’m a trained columnist. Opening, three subject points, twist ending, usually. In about 500-700 words. Comedy takes time. What reads easy doesn’t write easy. I go over and over it, playing with words, honing it to the sharpest. If I had to guess, I would say 8 hours in total per column.

The Mesdames: Do you believe that running a blog is time well spent?

For me, it has been. I am not so sure you can get this sort of following if you start now, however. Cyberspace is much more crowded now than it was ten years ago. It’s noisy out there!

Catch the Bad Girl Blog on http://www.melodiecampbell.com

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Mesdames on the Move: June 2020

WE’RE REACHING OUT TO CONNECT WITH YOU!

June kittenThis June, the Mesdames continue to connect with you online and in print despite the challenges of social distancing. With the sun shining, we hope to add a bit more light and magic to your day.

 

 

BONY BLITHE LIGHT MYSTERY AWARD 2020 ANNOUNCED

Bloody Words Mini-Con and Bony Blithe Award

 

First, a few words from Mme Cheryl Freedman, organizer extraordinaire of the Bloody Words Mini-Con and Bony Blithe Light Mystery Award.

Cheryl Freedman

Congratulations to the winner of the 2020 Bony Blithe Light Mystery Award, Liz Freeland, for Murder in Midtown, published by Kensington Books.

The Bony Blithe is an annual Canadian award that celebrates traditional, feel-good mysteries. Now in its sixth year, the award is for a “mystery book that makes us smile” and includes everything from laugh-out-loud to gentle humour to good old-fashioned stories with little violence or gore – in short, books that are fun to read.

Murder in Midtown, the second book in Liz’s Louise Faulk historical mystery series, is set in 1913 New York City. The story brings together the highest and lowest of NYC’s denizens as Louise works to solve a particularly nasty murder, all the while risking her newly acquired position as a novice NYC policewoman.

Want to get a feel for Liz’s book? Visit the Bony Blithe Website to see the jolly winning-book video produced by Mme Caro Soles.

BOOKS

Blair Keetch’s short story ‘Deadly Cargo’ is part of the mystery short story anthology Heartbreaks and Half-Truths – edited by Judy Penz Sheluk of Superior Shores Press, with a release date of June 18. Check out the Publication countdown clock on Judy’s site.

Blair Keetch

BOOK READINGS and STORYTELLING

Have some fun with Marlo the Merculian discovering the joys of coffee and whipped cream. Mme Caro Soles reads from her latest book in her Merculian series, Marlo’s Dance.

Melodie CampbellMme Melodie Campbell is one of the featured authors at the TELLING TALES FESTIVAL (for children’s books) this year. Crime Club is the book being featured in September of 2020 and she will be talking about mystery and suspense writing.

 

 

Submissions Closed for A Grave Diagnosis

Carrick Publishing Seeks Story SubmissionsSubmissions to Carrick Publishing’s newest anthology, A Grave Diagnosis, are now closed as of June 1, 2020.

 

 

 

SOCIAL MEDIA

Spotlight on Bad Girl Blog

Our June spotlight is on Mme Melodie Campbell’s Bad Girl Blog. See it on June 2, 2020.

LISA DE NIKOLITS – INTERVIEW WITH AN AUTHOR

Lisa de Nikolits

Lisa De Nikolits

In case you missed it, Mme Lisa De Nikolits interviewed two of our members on her Goodreads blog, Interview with an Author.

On May 2nd, Lisa chatted with M. H. Callway and on May 17th with Kevin Thornton.

Be sure also to check the archives in The Minerva Reader for  Lisa’s reviews of books by the Mesdames.

Madeleine Harris Callway

M.H. Callway

Kevin Thornton

Kevin Thornton

 

 

 

STORY STOCKING

Donna Carrick announces a new podcast, Story Stocking, where she reads a short story reading from a favourite author.

This month, Donna reads from Caro Soles’ story, “A Moonlight Sonata”, the first story in the Mesdames’ new anthology,  In the Key of 13.

All music featured on Story Stocking, a production of Dead to Writes, is brought to you courtesy of songwriter, composer and performer Ted Carrick. Keep up with all of his new music at his YouTube Channel.

DEAD TO WRITES

Dead to Writes, the Video Podcast

 

Check out Mme Donna Carrick’s Dead to Writes Podcasts and Videocasts! There are over 70 unique interviews posted, including several with the Mesdames of Mayhem!

Be sure to check out Donna’s interviews with M. H. Callway, Lisa De Nikolits, Marilyn Kay, Blair Keetch and Rosemary McCracken.

 

On Sunday, May 31st, it’s Mme Lynne Murphy with tips on succinct prose writing

On June 14th, Donna interviews  Mme Madona Skaff. Other amazing Canadian authors, like best-selling thriller writer Rick Mofina,  are also in this month’s line-up.

Madona Skaff

Madona Skaff

For a complete listing of these wonderful weekly video/podcasts, available on YouTube as well as wherever you get your Podcasts. Please be sure to hit Like and Subscribe!

 

 

 

 

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SPOTLIGHT ON MOVING TARGET

ROSEMARY MCCRACKEN: MOVING TARGET

Author Rosemary McCracken's Moving Target Blog

The Mesdames of Mayhem: How long has your blog been running, and why did you start it?

Rosemary: I started Moving Target in 2011, after I signed my first publishing contract with Imajin Books for Safe Harbor. Imajin wanted its authors to have websites and blogs. So I proceeded to create a website and start a blog, knowing full well that both were essential tools for writers. A blog, especially, can help writers connect with readers and with other writers, and expand their target audiences. It can also help writers build authority on their specialties; for example, a writer of cozies set around a restaurant or a bakery might want to blog about food topics and recipes.

The Mesdames: What is the aim of your blog?

Rosemary: Its title, Moving Target, says it in a nutshell. A writer’s target is constantly changing. The first target is probably completing a novel or a short story; then the target moves to finding a publisher. And when it comes to marketing the work, the target really keeps moving. My blog shows the different stages I’ve gone through in my journey as a writer—my little triumphs and progressions—which can serve as signposts for what lies ahead for beginning writers.

Today, nine years after signing my first novel contract, my target is still moving. And I expect that it always will be.

The Mesdames: What topics do you blog about?

Rosemary: The tagline of my blog, on the top right-hand side of its home page, is Rosemary McCracken’s Book Adventure. This sums up the main content of my blog: my exciting (to me) adventures of writing, placing and promoting my fiction, as well as announcing important events that impact my writing and my writing community.

I also post interviews with authors I’ve met in person and online, usually when they’ve had a new book released, to help with their promotion. And I include photos from trips I take because I enjoy travelling, and some of my short stories are set in countries I’ve visited.

And, from time to time, I’ll blog about movies, generally older ones. Film structure is very similar to novel structure, and it’s a structure most of us intuitively know from our years of watching movies. I spend a lot of my leisure time watching movies and analysing their structure.

I rarely post “personal” blogs. I give followers glimpses of my life with my travel photos, maybe a short blog on St. Patrick’s Day because I have an Irish background. That sort of thing. But my day-to-day life isn’t terribly interesting, and I don’t want to bore blog followers with details about it.

The Mesdames: How often do you post?

Rosemary: Not as often as I should. The experts say you should blog at least once a week, preferably on the same day of the week. But I feel it’s more important to blog about events in my writing journey that resonate with me. And these don’t necessarily happen every week.

The Mesdames: What blog post over the nine years has had the most reads?

Rosemary: According to my WordPress stats, my most popular post was an obituary I wrote on Feb. 12, 2015, about the late Canadian crime fiction author Alison Gordon.

The Mesdames: What posts were the most satisfying to write?

Rosemary: In November 2011, four months before the release of Safe Harbor, I announced a contest on my blog for readers to vote on one of the two covers Imajin Books had come up with for the mystery novel. Have a look at the two covers and tell me which one you prefer. I used PollDaddy to keep track of the votes. Readers preferred Cover A (69.29% of the votes) over Cover B (30.71%), and that was the cover we went with. I announced the winning cover in a February 2012 blog.

A contest/poll such as this ramps up the excitement for an upcoming release. It also allows you to interact with readers, and helps them bond with your book. It’s also a fair amount of work.

The Mesdames: Who reads your blog?

Rosemary: According to my WordPress stats, the majority of my readers are in Canada, the United States and Britain, all countries where my novels have sold well on Amazon. But I’ve had readers from all around the world, notably in Ireland, India, Australia, South Africa, Hong Kong, Germany, the Philippines, Brazil and Russia. It’s thrilling to know that I’m connecting with people so far away!

The Mesdames: Since Google prefers posts of at least 500 words or longer do you deliberately create lengthier posts or let the idea determine the length?

Rosemary: I let the content of a post determine its length. Some posts should be short, so I keep them short.

The Mesdames: Do you use keywords and other SEO techniques to attract readers?

Rosemary: I always add a few keywords to the box WordPress provides, even if they are generic terms such as “mystery novels.” I’d be foolish not to take advantage of everything available to promote my blogs. And I use images in the posts. As a former newspaper journalist, I well know how important photos are in attracting readers to a page. A picture tells 1,000 words!

The Mesdames: How long does it take to craft a blog post?

Rosemary: I can write a post fairly quickly because many of my posts are similar to news articles I wrote as a journalist—and these needed to be written pronto, before the news grew old. I find pounding them out quickly—depending on content, probably in about 20 minutes—gives energy to the writing.

The Mesdames: Is running a blog time well spent?

Rosemary: For the reasons I’ve mentioned above, a blog is an important tool for connecting with existing readers and building a wider readership. And writing a blog can also be cathartic. From time to time, bloggers can use a post to rant about a topic dear to their hearts—not too often, of course. That’s what I did on May 23, 2015 in “Etiquette on the book front.” https://rosemarymccracken.wordpress.com/2015/05/23/etiquette-on-the-book-front/

But be careful what you rant about. Something you write in the heat of the moment may come back to bite you. Remember that readers are entitled to spend their money in any way they choose. If they choose not to buy your books at a signing event or elsewhere, that is their prerogative. Move on. Write some more books.

The Mesdames: How do you promote your blog?

Rosemary: Including keywords about each blog, as I mentioned above. I also create a tweet for every blog I post, I link to LinkedIn, and I post about it on Facebook. And I encourage my Facebook friends to share my posts by sharing those that they post. When I interview an author, I remind that person to promote the interview through his/her social media contacts.

The Mesdames: Is writing a blog for everyone?

Rosemary: Blogging makes sense for me, but it may not for other authors. If it’s a real chore, and you’re only doing it because “everyone else is,” you might be better off channelling your energy into other activities.

The Mesdames: What advice would you give authors starting a blog for the first time?

Rosemary: Here are some tips that may help:

  • Re-evalulate your blog topics every year.
  • Build authority for your “specialty” in your blog by discussing some of the research you do for your novels.
  • Draw up a calendar for your blog. And plan out as many of your posts in advance as you can.
  • Put your blog readers first. Write posts that will be meaningful to them, not posts intended only to promote your books.
  • Design readable posts. Use bullets for lists in order to break up text. Include at least one relevant image for each post.
  • Develop a blog promotion plan.
  • Invite other writers to contribute guest posts or interview them in Q&A format.
  • Refer back to older posts when relevant, including links to these posts in your text.
  • Encourage readers to comment by asking them to comment in your posts. By commenting, readers will develop stronger ties with you and your books. And reply to their comments, or thank them for commenting.

 

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NEWS FLASH: Another Dead to Writes Author Interview and More Author Recognition

DEAD TO WRITES INTERVIEWS BLAIR KEETCH

Zoom over to M Blair Keetch, whose short story “A Contrapuntal Duet” won a place in our In the Key of 13 Anthology, recently spoke to publisher Donna Carrick about his upcoming novel Flight Risk on the Dead to Writes VideoPodcast.

CONGRATULATIONS TO MADONA SKAFF!

Madona SkaffThe anthology, Nothing Without Us, (editors Cait Gordon & Talia C. Johnson, Renaissance Press) containing Mme Madona Skaff’s short story “Backbone”, has been shortlisted for an Aurora Award in the Best Related Work category. The book’s cover artist, Nathan Fréchette, has also been shortlisted for a Best Artist Aurora Award. The Aurora Awards are nominated by members of the Canadian Science Fiction and Fantasy Association.

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NEWS FLASH: Interviews with the Mesdames!

Greetings Readers!

Lisa de Nikolits

Lisa De Nikolits

Madeleine Harris Callway

M.H. Callway

Here’s your chance to learn more about our individual authors. This week, Lisa De Nikolits’ interviews M. H. Callway on her Goodreads’ blog, Interview with an Author. Read it here. And do check out her conversation earlier this spring with Melodie Campbell, too.

 

 

Donna Carrick

And “Zoom” in on Dead to Writes where the podcasts are on video. Access them through Carrick Publishing. This week publisher Donna Carrick interviews with Rosemary McCracken and Caro Soles.

Rosemary McCracken

Rosemary McCracken

Caro Soles

Caro Soles

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Mesdames on the Move: May 2020

RECOGNITION TIME, DEAR READERS!

May puppy and kitten

May is awards season for the Mesdames. And we have three Mesdames’ nominees for awards. Although physical events aren’t taking place, we are looking forward to some exciting online announcements coming up.

Our Mesdames have also kept busy in other ways with books and blog posts coming out in May.

NOMINATIONS

Sylvia Warsh

Sylvia Warsh

Mme Sylvia Warsh’s story from In The Key of 13, “None Shall Sleep”, is a finalist in the 2020 Derringer Awards. Winners will be announced on May 1, 2020.

In the Key of 13 Cover

 

Melodie Campbell

Goddaughter Does Vegas

Mme Melodie Campbell’s The Goddaughter Does Vegas, Orca Book Publishers, is a finalist for the 2020 Arthur Ellis Award for Best Crime Novella. The winners will be announced across Canada on or soon after Thursday, May, 21, 2020

Cat Mills

Cat Mills

Congratulations to Mme Cat Mills for her two film award nominations from the prestigious Yorkton Film Festival, the longest running film festival in North America. The nominations are for Best Documentary POV (Point of View) for Biker Bob Posthumous Adventure and the CBC Doc The Mesdames of Mayhem!

Thank you again, Cat and Felicity Justrabo, for your remarkable look into our special writers’ world.

BOOKS

Caro Soles

Marlo's Dance

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mme Caro Soles‘ new book Marlo’s Dance, a Merculian mystery, is coming out May 19, 2020 from Crossroad Press in e-book form. The print version will be available at a later date.

Merculian. A planet of sensuous fun-loving hermaphrodites. A planet where major crime consists of the 3 Ds–drugs, drunk, and disorderly.

Marlo Dasha Bogardini, a senior investigator with the Cap City regulators, is shocked when he is called backstage on the final day of a high-profile dance competition. The mangled body of a young dancer has been wedged beneath the set. As he investigates, the trail leads directly to Merculian’s greatest dancer!

Soon Marlo’s life and the investigation spin out of control and an unrelenting campaign to discredit him costs him his job. He forges ahead anyway, only to discover that the murder may be connected to a sinister criminal consortium. With two unlikely allies by his side, he uncovers a tangled web of violent crime. Marlo puts it all together but before he can reveal the devastating truth, he’s forced to fight for his life!

Madona Skaff

Madona Skaff

Mme Madona Skaff‘s new book Death by Association is coming out on May 15, 2020 from Renaissance Press. This is the second book in the series.

Computer expert and former marathon runner Naya struggles to recover from a serious multiple sclerosis attack, and settles into a routine of daily workouts at the gym. Frustrated by her lack of progress, she’s in no mood for wheelchair user Larson Rask and his endless prying questions.Death by Association

Noticing that his legs still look muscular, Naya guesses that he’s only been in the chair for a short time. She puts aside her annoyance to patiently listen to him. To her horror, a police Tactical Unit raids the gym and arrests Larson Rask – on three counts of murder. Was he grooming her to be victim number four?

Reluctantly, she’s drawn into the world of sleuthing—tracking a ruthless serial killer who will stop at nothing to stay free.

SOCIAL MEDIA

 

 

 

Our spotlight blog this month is Mme Rosemary McCracken’s Moving Target to be featured May 15th. You can follow her blog here: https://rosemarymccracken.wordpress.com/

THE MINERVA READER

The Italian Cure

 

The May issue of Mme Lisa de Nikolits’s The Minerva Reader, features a review of Melodie Campbell‘s sunny romcom, The Italian Cure.

INTERVIEW WITH AN AUTHOR

Madeleine Harris Callway

 

On Sunday, May 2, Lisa de Nikolits talks to our founder, Mme Madeleine Harris-Callway about writing, our Mesdames CBC documentary and Carrick Publishing’s upcoming anthology, A Grave Diagnosis.

Lisa’s blog interviews appear on Goodreads, a wonderful opportunity for all guest authors. Many Mesdames authors will be featured in upcoming months.

 

DEAD TO WRITES PODCAST AND VIDEO

Mme Donna Carrick‘s Dead to Writes podcast has gone Zoom with her first interview with Mme Rosemary McCrackenRosemary chats with Donna about Uncharted Waters, the fourth novel in her Pat Tierney mystery series, to be released in September, and the other three books in the series: Safe Harbor, Black Water and Raven Lake. Rosemary also talked about a short story she’s writing for Carrick Publishing’s new crime fiction collection, A Grave Diagnosis.

June 1st is the submission deadline for A Grave Diagnosis

FRIENDLY REMINDERS

Watch for the Short Mystery Fiction Society’s Announcement of the 2020 Derringer Awards winners today, May 1, 2020.

Bloody Words Mini-Con and Bony Blithe Award

 

 

 

BLOODY WORDS MINI-CON/BONY BLITHE LIGHT MYSTERY AWARD

The winner of the Bony Blithe Light Mystery Award 2020 will be announced on the Bloody Words website and on Facebook on Friday, May 22, so watch for it. Meanwhile, to distract yourselves from the distancing doldrums, why not read the books on the shortlist (all are available as both print and ebooks) and see whom you would choose as the winner.

 

 

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NEWS FLASH: Bony Blithe Short List 2020!

Cheryl Freedman

Cheryl Freedman

Mme Cheryl Freedman sends a long-awaited message to our readers!

Pandemic or no pandemic, Bony Blithe is delighted to announce the shortlist for the 2020 Bony Blithe/Bloody Words Light Mystery Award.

So without further ado, here are five books that can deliver you from the distancing doldrums:

Elizabeth J. Duncan, Remembering the Dead (Crooked Lane)

Liz Freeland, Murder in Midtown (Kensington)

Eva Gates, Something Read, Something Dead (Crooked Lane)

Maureen Jennings, Heat Wave (Cormorant)

Thomas King, A Matter of Malice (Harper Collins Canada)

All these books, BTW, are available as both print and e-books. (And the Mesdames add, do order from your favorite bookstore, they need your support more than ever! We recommend Sleuth of Baker Street.)

And do visit the Bony Blithe Website, where you can smile at the jolly shortlist video produced by Mme Caro Soles.

On a sadder note, we have decided to cancel the 2020 Bloody Words Mini-con/Bony Blithe Award Dinner, originally scheduled for Friday, May 22. Seeing, however, that a year would be a very long time to wait, we will be announcing the 2020 Bony Blithe winner online on May 22, so watch for an email or check Facebook (/bonyblithe) or the Bony Blithe Website.

We have a tentative date – Friday, May 28, 2021 – for next year’s mini-con/award dinner, to be held again at the High Park Club in Toronto. Along with the 2021 BB winner, this year’s BB winner will receive his/her award plaque and cheque then.

Meanwhile, everyone, stay safe, healthy, and sane…and keep reading and writing.

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NEWS FLASH: THIRTEEN NOW ON FREE E-READS!

Greetings Readers!

For anyone impacted by the COVID 19 situation, the book industry is on board to help! The Mesdames of Mayhem are thrilled to offer our very first anthology of crime stories, Thirteen, (Carrick Publishing).

 

With huge thanks to our publisher, Donna Carrick of Carrick Publishing and to the hard-working folks at free-e-books.com!

To access your free copy of Thirteen, click here.

 

 

 

 

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